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What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Charlton Heston rocking an ascot like its nobodies business.
Best/worst trailer ever cut. "What is the secret of Soylent Green?" Immediately cuts to people getting ground up into meat. Classic.
First hour is pretty much a basic detective thriller set in a world where the greenhouse gases literally turn the world green. Really crowded and ugly world. At times a little too bleak for its own good. Then it cuts to Charlton Heston talking/slapping women and it gets silly again. Yet another 70s dystopia that would probably be better as an HBO show (looking at you Logan's Run ).
Over-population, climate change, exhaustion of resources, corporate greed, it's all there. Soylent Green expressed vital environment messages over 40 years ago, and it did chillingly and frankly. Unfortunately, it's remembered strictly on the basis of being iconic.
Prophetic convictions are merged with noir/sci-fi characteristics to create a film so gripping you forget it features Charlton Heston. The film also features fantastic work from Edward G. Robinson (a perfect farewell to the man) and a cameo from one of my favorite actors, Joseph Cotten.
The "Euthanasia" sequence is so tragic and beautiful. The images and sounds it's inter-cut with are the wondrous result of early 70s Technicolor.
Gorgeous and ponderous, don't mistake Soylent Green for a cheap science fiction picture. It's far, far more.
Sci-Fi Klassiker - auch wenn Charlton Hesstons Art heutzutage etwas antiquiert anmuten mag.
I have been waiting to see what this movie was all about, and now that I have finally seen it, all I can say is, Meh!
Covering a blindspot of an infamous film it's impossible not to know about can't have helped, but I wasn't taken with this '70s sci-fi 'classic'. Doesn't feel particularly sharp when usually the best films still do. Often plays like a one-man adventure, leaving the central idea to plod along while the film prepares for its bit reveal. Heston isn't that engaging in a role for which he doesn't seem suited, or understand.
70s sci-fi classic that depicts 21st century America as an overpopulated, impoverished dystopia. Charlton Heston is a New York cop investigating the murder of a corporate big wig, which leads him to a shocking discovery about the company's latest food product...a mysterious "wafer" called "Soylent Green."
Say it with me, folks: "IT'S PEOPLE! SOYLENT GREEN IS MADE OUTTA PEOPLE!"
Heston is hammy as usual but his over the top performance is balanced out by Edward G. Robinson (in his final role)'s dignified turn as a grizzled police researcher who remembers the way the world "used to be."
Somewhat cheap looking and dated nowadays but still fun in a retro sort of way.
Film #6 in the '70s Sci-Fi Marathon!
Welcome back to the '70s Sci-Fi Marathon, where today we'll be taking a look at Soylent Green.
In this film, Charlton Heston plays a detective in the year 2022, where the Earth has turned into an overpopulated wasteland in which the middle to lower class's only source of food is Soylent products, which come in Red, Yellow, and the all-new Green, among other variations. Yeah, in just 6 years! Meanwhile, Heston tries to solve the murder of a rich lawyer.
Aside from the now iconic twist ending, which I won't spoil for those who haven't seen it, and one pretty emotional scene involving Edward G. Robinson's character, there isn't a lot to…
Charlton Heston is the best part of this movie.
3.25/5 The message of the film still stands strong today.
Man, there are some weeeeeird identity politics in this film. Part of me thinks it's due to a studios response to the emerging discourse--if we put enough diverse faces in, and there are a lot here, then Heston can still run around calling women furniture, because hey, look, he's playing the one true white guy in the movie!
The reveal still works even though you can see it coming a mile away (I am probably one of the few people born in the eighties that didn't know the ending to this film the first time I saw it), but I'm a little stricken this time around at how much the assisted suicide thing just appears in the script, right when…
Considering that the most famous quote from Soylent Green is a major spoiler to the film, it is a concern that the lack of surprise to the ending may ruin the journey. However, while the movie is structured around this major discovery, the path to get there is still incredibly intriguing. The film is pretty misogynistic, which is incredibly unfortunate, and is due to either a lack of development or a missing anti-hero element the audience is supposed to see in Charlton Heston’s character. Despite its age, there is still some relevance in the dangers of corporation-control and damage to the ecosystem. The world-building is great and intentionally disjointing to the audience, which is effective and ineffective at times. On the whole though, it is still pretty engaging.
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